Maryland Department of Health Announces First Heat-Related Death of the Season
Baltimore, MD (June 20, 2018) – The first heat-related death of 2018 has been reported in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The death occurred in Prince George’s County and was an adult male in the 18-44 age range. There were five heat-related deaths in Maryland during the 2017 heat monitoring period.
“Extreme heat can raise the body’s temperature, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke,” said Maryland Department of Health Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Howard Haft, MD. “Stay in the air conditioning whenever possible, drink lots of water, and don’t forget sunscreen.”
From May through September, the Maryland Department of Health monitors temperature conditions and incidences of heat-related illnesses and death. Weekly reports can be found online here. The site also includes the state Heat Emergency Plan, facts about heat-related illnesses, and hot weather tips. The fact sheets are available for download in English and eight other languages.
The Maryland Department of Health reminds individuals to never leave pets or children inside hot cars, which can be deadly. Check on those who are at a higher risk of heat-related illness, including children under the age of five, people over the age of 65, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and people taking certain medications.
Residents in need of energy assistance to keep cool this summer should call 2-1-1, Maryland’s information and referral service, to see if there are resources available to help. Maryland 2-1-1 can also provide information on locating the cooling center closest to you.
Marylanders who need help finding substance related disorder treatment resources should visit MdDestinationRecovery.org, BeforeItsTooLateMD.org or call the Maryland Crisis Hotline, which provides 24/7 support, at 211, press 1. If you know of someone who could use treatment for substance related disorders treatment facilities can be located by location and program characteristics on our page at https://goo.gl/aRRExJ.
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